Definition of homeless in English:



  • (of a person) without a home, and therefore typically living on the streets.

    ‘the plight of young homeless people’
    ‘charities for the homeless’
    • ‘She told police that she was homeless and had taken part in the fraud to earn some money.’
    • ‘He would sit on the pavement, with a sign saying that he was homeless and hungry.’
    • ‘In effect, it's the story of a homeless family who have been through a tough time.’
    • ‘Often the homeless live on the streets too long and it's unsuccessful when they are housed.’
    • ‘The council is struggling to cope with a massive increase in the number of homeless families.’
    • ‘A mother and her four daughters are homeless today after a blaze destroyed their house.’
    • ‘He helped in the soup kitchen at a centre for homeless people in inner-city Blackburn.’
    • ‘He has been homeless for six years and is on a drug rehabilitation programme.’
    • ‘How many times have you been asked in the street for some money from a seemingly homeless person or a beggar?’
    • ‘A family is homeless after fire swept through their house when a dishwasher caught light.’
    • ‘She explained that out of all the bad things about being homeless, the worst is people ignoring you.’
    • ‘They are now homeless and have been offered temporary shelter by Bolton Council.’
    • ‘A homeless woman is back on the streets again after being evicted from a telephone box.’
    • ‘Throughout the area, we will seek to bring homeless people off the streets and into our centres.’
    • ‘Gloria Bennet is well known for befriending lonely and homeless people in Devizes.’
    • ‘People are homeless for many reasons, more reasons than I can discuss here at any rate.’
    • ‘The homeless are often stereotyped as being tramps or junkies who litter shop doorways.’
    • ‘A homeless man sleeps on a bench, all his worldly goods packed into a shopping trolley.’
    • ‘Perhaps the question we should be asking is where all these young homeless people come from.’
    • ‘The vast majority of homeless people are there because they won't conform to the ways of the world.’
    homeless people, vagrants, down-and-outs, tramps, beggars, vagabonds, itinerants, transients, migrants, derelicts, drifters, beachcombers
    bagmen, knockabouts, overlanders, sundowners, whalers
    bag ladies
    bums, bindlestiffs
    people of no fixed abode
    without a roof over one's head, on the streets, vagrant, sleeping rough, living rough
    destitute, down and out, derelict, itinerant
    of no fixed abode
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